Adrian Newey & Christian Horner play down claims Red Bull will ease away in title race
Red Bull chiefs warn big points lead mean nothing yet
By James Galloway and Mike Wise in Montreal. Last Updated: 11/06/13 9:15am
Red Bull are refusing to take the team's commanding points leads in both championship battles for granted despite the dominant nature of Sebastian Vettel's victory in the Canadian GP.
While three different teams have now won the last three races, Vettel's Montreal victory was nonetheless his third in seven events in 2013 and, most ominously of all, the most resounding of the whole season given for half of the race he was the equivalent of a full pitstop ahead of his nearest challenger.
The convincing nature of the triple World Champion's latest success has drawn parallels with his title-winning 2011 season, when he won 11 of 19 races, but Red Bull Racing's two most senior figures are fully prepared for the competitive order to ebb and flow as the season continues.
Asked by Sky Sports F1's Damon Hill if the team were now poised to run away in the championship, technical chief Adrian Newey replied: "It would be nice if we did, but we're only seven races in and we've got a long way to go.
"The characteristic of last year was the swings between the top teams, backwards and forwards, and this time last year Fernando [Alonso] had a huge lead in the championship. So it's a long way to go, we've got some very different circuits coming up, so I wouldn't like to make any predictions from here."
Newey's reference to Alonso's large 2012 points lead, when the Spaniard held a 42-point advantage over eventual champion Vettel at the summer break, could act as a warning from history to those who have already suggested post-Montreal that Vettel is set fare for his fourth straight championship.
Indeed in wake of Alonso's latest surging race-day drive to second on Sunday, Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner insisted the reigning champions would guard against looking too far ahead.
"We're just focusing on one race at a time and just focusing on getting the maximum out of ourselves as the team and the drivers at each individual event," Horner told reporters.
"Whilst the points look healthy at the moment, Fernando put in another strong race in here and you can't afford for any complacency. The margins can rapidly be eroded so our focus is taking it each race at a time and trying to get the most out of our package at each event."
Despite leading both championships for the baulk of 2013 so far, Red Bull's management and drivers have been outspoken critics of Pirelli's tyres since the start of the season with the team believed to have felt that the rubber's fast-degrading nature has held their RB9 back.
While Canada was arguably the first race this year where drivers were able to push flat out throughout the grand prix, the next event at Silverstone features more high-speed corners which expose the tyres to far greater lateral loads.
Red Bull struggled for tyre wear at the last aerodynamically-demanding circuit on the calendar, Barcelona, but Horner is optimistic they've managed to make progress in the set-up of the car since then.
"I think it's been a strong performance here like it was in Bahrain, like it was in Malaysia. We see with these tyres that once you're in the window with them you can extract a lot of lap time and we were certainly in the right window here," the team boss added.
"Obviously set-up wise we made some progress here and hopefully that will continue into the Silverstone weekend. Malaysia also had very quick corners and we were strong there. I think we've understood some of the issues we had in Barcelona and hopefully we can carry this form into the next few races."